Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund - Class I-GBP

Profile

Kempen International Funds SICAV – Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the Fund) is primarily created for long-term investors and offers the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of global publicly traded shares of companies open to stakeholders and environmental, social and governance criteria in their strategy. The Fund aims to select investments focusing on long-term and sustainable growth.

Investments in the Fund are screened by an independent data provider to assess compliance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

Management team

Richard Klijnstra, Mark Oud, Martijn Kleinbussink

Performance per 2020-09-30 (rebased)

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Performance per 2020-09-30

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  Fund
1 month 1.8 %
3 months 5.9 %
This year 20.8 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 20.8 %
Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.
More information can be found on the documents page of this fund

Key figures

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Total fund size
EUR 9.51 M 2020-09-30
Share class size
GBP 1.91 M 2020-09-30
Number of shares
1,585 2020-09-30
Net Asset Value i
GBP 1,208.05 2020-10-22
Turnover rate
17.06 %
The turnover rate figure is per the end of the financial year of the fund and will be updated once a year.

Fund characteristics per 2020-09-30

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 39
Dividend yield i 1.55 %
Weighted average market capitalization i EUR 167,885 M
P/E ratio i 28.08
Active share i 90.43 %
Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Developments per 2020-09-30

In September, the fund earned a net return of 0.3%. This brings the net return over the year to date to 0.9%.

The largest positive contributions to the performance came from the industrial, healthcare and material sectors, while the largest negative contributions came from the tech, financial and communications sectors.

Nike, Rational and Deere accounted for the largest positive contributions to the result. Nike reported quarterly earnings containing revenue equal to that of last year, in spite of the enormous impact of COVID-19 closing many shops. The company is clearly profiting from its strong brand position and investment in the e-commerce channel. Nike’s profitability was up considerably on last year, mainly because it had to spend much less on advertising. The Rational equity is now back at its pre-coronavirus level, despite the crisis having had a significant impact on its revenue. Deere reported its quarterly earnings back in August and continued its positive trend this month.

Beazley, Alphabet and Booking had the largest negative impact on the result. Beazley announced that its losses on insured events were much higher than previously estimated. Alphabet participated in this month’s Nasdaq and Big Tech correction, without there being any further company-specific issues. Booking was also affected, but its equity is fluctuating much more in response to COVID-19 news because of its total dependence on the travel industry.

Part of our strategy comprises conducting active dialogue, or engagement, with the companies in our portfolio. Over the past few months, we have held interesting talks with Unilever on the unification of the Anglo-Dutch company and the associated move to the UK. In September, Unilever held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at which this topic was voted on by Dutch shareholders. The vote was 99% in favour of unification and the move. We also voted in favour. Relinquishing the dual structure will benefit efficiency and make the company more agile strategically. There are also benefits relating to shareholder rights.

Yet there is one major disadvantage. This was the chief topic of the engagement between Unilever and a significant portion of the Dutch shareholders. There are fears that Unilever will become less sustainable as a result of the move. Sustainability and the interests of all stakeholders are better anchored in a Dutch public limited company (NV) than in a British Plc. In the UK, the interests of shareholders are still paramount, especially where an acquisition is concerned. Led by Eumedion, we and other institutional investors asked Unilever to enshrine the sustainable nature of Unilever in the (new, British) articles of association. Another food giant, Danone, did the same earlier this year.

The CEO of Unilever, Alan Jope, thought this was an excellent idea, while Unilever’s Works Council made the same request in parallel with us. In the end, however, Unilever did not put the amendments to the articles of association to the vote – mainly to avoid making an already complex procedure even more complicated. We see this as a missed opportunity, but gains have been made. The talks on incorporating sustainability into the articles of association were discussed at the EGM and widely reported in the media. Moreover, Jope has indicated his intention to re-examine the topic with his board. We will continue to exert pressure in order to guarantee the sustainable nature of Unilever.

In the meantime, Unilever announced another ambitious target: the company aims to eliminate fossil fuels in all its cleaning products by 2030. These will be replaced by recycled or renewable sources, such as organic sources. As proof of its ambition, Unilever will invest EUR1 billion to achieve this target.
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What kind of companies do we seek?

We seek profitable companies undergoing structural growth that will create shareholder value in the long term alongside a clear social mandate.

The best results are achieved if the interests of all the stakeholders are aligned. This requires not only products and services but also operations to be in line with the wishes and requirements of society (licence to operate).

Moreover, the companies need to have sufficient opportunities for growth to be able to invest at an attractive return (innovation and expansion).

In order to sustain earnings growth over the long term, companies need to enjoy sustainable competitive advantages compared to existing and new competitors (strong strategic position).

The role of management

We expect management to pursue a long-term strategy in addition to conducting sound day-to-day management. The risks and opportunities relating to ESG need to be clearly incorporated, backed up by sensible investment plans that respond to long-term trends and match the company’s strategic positioning and growth opportunities.

Quality and valuation

We believe the selected companies are above-average quality in terms of strategy and operations and are capable of creating long-term value for all stakeholders. Depending on the absolute valuation of their equities, they could form an interesting long-term addition to the portfolio.

Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Performance per 2020-09-30 (rebased)

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Performance per 2020-09-30

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  Fund
1 month 1.8 %
3 months 5.9 %
This year 20.8 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 20.8 %
Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Dividends

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Distributing
No
Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Geographic allocation (2020-09-30)

47.3 %
United States
11.5 %
Germany
7.6 %
Switzerland
6.5 %
Denmark
6.4 %
United Kingdom
5.2 %
Ireland
3.6 %
France
2.6 %
Taiwan
2.4 %
Sweden
2.2 %
Norway
1.0 %
Netherlands
0.9 %
Spain
1.8 %
Other
1.3 %
Cash
Total
100 %

Top 10 holdings (2020-09-30)

4.6 %
Mastercard
4.2 %
Microsoft
4.1 %
Alphabet Class A
4.0 %
Nike Class B
3.8 %
Lonza
3.8 %
Siemens Healthineers
3.6 %
LHC
3.5 %
Novo Nordisk
3.5 %
Deere
3.5 %
Kion
Total
38.5 %

Sector allocation (2020-09-30)

23.2 %
Health Care
18.7 %
Industrial Goods & Services
14.4 %
Technology
7.6 %
Retail
6.6 %
Chemicals
6.1 %
Personal & Household Goods
6.1 %
Banks
3.6 %
Insurance
3.6 %
Automobiles & Parts
3.2 %
Food & Beverage
2.3 %
Financial Services
1.8 %
Construction & Materials
1.6 %
Telecommunications
1.3 %
Other
Total
100 %
Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

 

SWING FACTORS

An overview of the current swing factors are available here.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.50 %
Service fee i
0.20 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.01 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0.71%
Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Share class details

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Share class
I-GBP
Investor type
Institutional
Distributing
No
Benchmark i
MSCI World Total Return Index Net (dividends reinvested, calculated in Euro's)
Investment category
Sustainable Value Creation
Universum
Global equities
Inception date
2020-04-24
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to professional investors only in
Luxembourg, United Kingdom
UCITS status i
Yes
Status
Open-end i
Base currency
EUR
Share class currency
GBP
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
Depositary and custodian
J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription: GBP 50.000, additional subscriptions: GBP 10.000
Listed
no
ISIN i
LU1857108580
Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.
Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Kempen's vision & mission

Kempen Capital Management is an asset manager that believes in stewardship and investment focusing on the long-term for the benefit of all stakeholders. Value creation is at the heart of the services we provide to our clients. We believe that being an engaged shareholder on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and retaining a long-term focus, is critical to helping our clients to preserve and create sustainable wealth that has positive real world impact and economic returns.

Kempen wide approach to responsible investment

We are committed to create sustainable alpha. The four pillars of our ESG-policy are:

  • ESG integration: Ensuring sustainability risks and opportunities are adequately considered in our investment analysis and processes.

  • Exclusion & avoidance: Not investing in companies involved in controversial activities or conduct.

  • Active ownership: Being responsible stewards of our clients’ capital and using our influence through engagement and voting to improve corporate behaviour on specific ESG issues and achieve positive change

  • Positive impact: Investing with an objective to achieve positive real world outcomes and impact, such as contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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To put our mission and vision into practice we engage with our investee companies on a wide array of strategic, financial, and ESG topics. As an active owner we use our influence to improve our investee companies’ ESG performance.  This helps us address some of the most pressing and important sustainability issues facing business and the world. Our focus themes for engagement are: human rights, labour rights, climate change and governance.

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Through collaboration with other investors and industry think tanks we contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility both at sector levels, as well as investee company level.

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Our full voting records are available here.

Our fund approach to responsible investment

Sustainability is at the heart of the Kempen Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund and thus Kempen’s ESG policy is fully implemented in our fund’s investment process. The figure 'ESG integration in the investment process' offers a step-by-step illustration of this implementation in our fund’s investment process.

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Our belief is that there is an ongoing transition to a more sustainable economy, and that this generates both risks and opportunities. By investing in sustainable companies, and engaging on ESG-topics, we achieve impact and attractive financial returns. Our ESG framework evaluates exposure to potential sustainable growth drivers and the ability of a company to take advantage of these drivers based on business model, incentives, innovation capacity and strategy. Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals is also used to measure the impact and exposure of a company.

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1. Exclusion

The fund ranks around 160 sub-industries to find those showing supportive characteristics for sustainable growth. Exposure to the Sustainable Development Goals and ESG risks are taken into account in this step. Risks affecting an entire industry (e.g. regulatory changes, market price shocks, unfair competition) will lower the overall score of the industry, making it less attractive.

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We have a hard exclusion of certain activities based on sustainability. Amongst others these include fossil fuels, weapons, tobacco, nuclear energy, adult entertainment, gambling and GMO.

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2. ESG integration

Once inappropriate industries have been screened from our investment universe, our ‘scan on quality’ process selects specific companies based on sustainable growth opportunities and attractive returns on capital. At this step, a positive selection of companies with an ESG rating of BB and higher takes place. The hurdle of BB is chosen to remain flexible in our investment universe and to be able to select companies with ESG improvement potential. As shown in the figure 'ESG Ratings', dated for 2018, the majority of our holdings tend to rate ‘A’ or above.

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A fundamental analysis of the selected companies follows this step. The fundamental analysis consists of a Company Score model and a Valuation Model. The Company Score model assesses the quality of the business and translates it into a weighted average cost of capital (WACC) as input for the Valuation Model. ESG is the second largest individual component of the total company score. The Valuation Model measures our expected future value creation and incorporates revenue growth based on ESG opportunities.

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In the final step the portfolio is formed, with a weighting based on quality, valuation and liquidity

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3. Active ownership

The Fund aims to have a continuous dialogue with all companies in its portfolio to understand the company very well, improve shareholder returns and drive the sustainability of the company.

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Exercising our voting rights is an essential part of our responsible investment philosophy. ISS provides us with voting recommendations based on our own voting and governance policy. Items are further analysed on a case by case basis.Â

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Kempen’s ESG Team monitors our portfolios and may propose engagement with low ESG performers. In a quarterly challenging session the companies in our portfolios are discussed and an action list is created based on the outcomes of this meeting.Â

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In 2018 we engaged on issues such as: remuneration, environmental targets, sustainability of the value chain, privacy and data security, money laundering, bribery and ESG integration. One result was that a company publicly disclosed their animal testing policy, and another was a company agreeing to publish their first corporate responsible report in 2019.Â

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4. Impact

In the first instance, the fund creates positive impact by allocating capital to the companies helping deliver the transition to a more sustainable economy. Our approach results in a bias to ESG leaders and a higher exposure to the Sustainable Development Goals. Management is incentivized this way to improve their ESG profile as they know they will be rewarded in the financial markets as a sustainable company with access and a lower cost of capital.Â

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Secondly, impact is achieved by acting as an active owner and working with the company to improve strategy and operations around specific ESG issues. We expect management of a company to strike a balance between the interests of the different stakeholders. Value creation is more than financial returns. Employment growth, culture, diversity, resource efficiency, carbon emissions, R&D and customer satisfaction are also important outcomes.Â

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As a hard target for our impact, the Fund’s Carbon Intensity aims to be at least 50% lower than its investible universe. As shown in the figure 'Carbon footprint' this was a target we comfortably achieved in 2018. We also aim for 50% of the companies have a direct contribution to the SDGs with their products and services.

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You can find the engagement factsheet of NN Group here.

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Risks

Risks

For more information about the mid and long term risks associated with the investments:

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Although Kempen Capital Management N.V.’s information providers, including without limitation, MSCI ESG Research LLC and its affiliates (the “ESG Parties”), obtain information from sources they consider reliable, none of the ESG Parties warrants or guarantees the originality, accuracy and/or completeness of any data herein. None of the ESG Parties makes any express or implied warranties of any kind, and the ESG Parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any data herein. None of the ESG Parties shall have any liability for any errors or omissions in connection with any data herein. Further, without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall any of the ESG Parties have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

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Kempen (Lux) Global Sustainable Value Creation Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.